This week

Sep. 4th, 2009 05:37 pm
liv: cup of tea with text from HHGttG (teeeeea)
[personal profile] liv
I had a fairly quiet bank holiday weekend. Shul, time with parents, that sort of thing. I ended up leading the memorial prayers for the person whose funeral I attended last week; that was extremely well attended, and I think my service was appreciated. If nothing else I gave the daughter a chance to say Kaddish for herself.

Monday I went on a little expotition with [personal profile] jack to Bury St Edmunds, where we admired the extremely colourful cathedral and gardens, complete with both an aviary and a ruined abbey. Then we had tea with [ profile] karen2205, thank you so much, Karen! And we got back to Cambridge just in time to join a small but lively crowd for geek pizza.

P'tite Soeur invited my parents, me and Granny to eat in the restaurant where she works outside Brighton, to celebrate the parents' wedding anniversary on Wednesday. It's a bit of a long drive down to Brighton, but the food was totally worth it, and it was good to see P'tite Soeur as well as Screwy, whom we visited for tea in the afternoon.

Since [personal profile] hatam_soferet is in town, I joined her and [personal profile] pseudomonas yesterday for a visit to the little museum in the department of Zoology. I mainly wanted to see their Darwin exhibition (they have a set of beetles that Darwin collected as an undergraduate, and other cute stuff), but it's a very endearing museum in general. They have skeletons, taxidermic specimens and models representing about the entire animal kingdom, including a giant sloth and a pink fairy armadillo, and it's generally glorious. We also managed to buy me some shoes after months of fruitless searching; the solution was the trusty Ecco shop, biting the bullet and spending lots of money, plus moral support from my lovely friends.

We ended up in the Carlton, which turned out to be more crowded than I've ever seen it. Nearly all the Cambridge people I get on well with were there, and I didn't have time to speak to all of them but we had lots of delightfully silly conversations, including a long speculation about what it would do to Greek mythology had Prometheus been a stegosaur.

I am planning a full and adventurous weekend, Thuggish Poet's poetry event tomorrow evening, hanging out with [ profile] lethargic_man at a klezmer fest on Sunday, Pembury Sunday evening, and seeing [ profile] ewtikins and [personal profile] khalinche on Monday. After that I am heading to Keele for an interview, for a job teaching molecular biology to the medics, something I think I could do extremely well. I am very optimistic about this job!

Even without the travelling, I'm barely online; my main computer is progressing further into its agonizing death throes. Other than running very slowly, it has added frequent disconnection from the wireless, and occasional failure to display a readable screen, to its unpredictable switching itself off behaviour. And the keyboard is broken on my baby computer. That at least is under warranty and I have taken steps to get it fixed, but now I'm a bit stuck for internet contact.
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